House Passes Bill Renewing Cellphone Unlocking Rights

Law360, Washington (February 25, 2014, 7:31 PM EST) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill circumventing a Library of Congress decision under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act barring consumers from unlocking their cellphones to bring to another carrier, despite controversy over a recently introduced exemption to the legislation.

The bill, H.R. 1123, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, passed in a 295-114 vote, above the required two-thirds majority after being called up under suspension of House rules. The vote had come amid a backlash from previous supporters of the bill,...
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